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Jim "Moose" Jeavons
City: Brisbane
State: Queensland
Country: Australia
Begins: Mar 13, 2017
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Mon, Dec 5th, 2016
Start: Home
Daily Distance: 0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 470
Journal Visits: 905
Guestbook Views: 9
Guestbook Entrys: 1

Journal Plan

Appalachian Trail Map

Still Training

G'day everyone.

People are asking me do I have a schedule? Well normally I would have one for a through hike, be that solo or leading a group, especially important with a group. If you click on the "Journal Plan" button located on the right of the screen, this will give you a rough idea but will probably not be accurate. I will be starting slower and hoping to pick up milage in Virginia.

For this walk I have two dates, the start on the 13th March and finish of the 9th August. Which will then give me 3 days to get to Boston and meet my wife when she flies in for our 6 week holiday. That's the only schedule I came up with, all the rest is up in the air and subject to change.

It's too long a walk with too many variables to plan a daily mileage schedule. I'll have to average 14.69 mpd or 23.5 km per day. Obviously that means longer days to make up for zero and nero days. As with most people I will be starting slowly, although since I like to walk long days that may still be a lot, slow walking or not.

I have got the tentative nod from my better half to do the PCT if this one turns out okay and providing I take her to Ireland and Spain in 2018. Big demands, but I think I will be able to manage them. She has a 12 day walk in Ireland picked out, Pub to Pub, with only a day pack and the rest of your gear is transported for you. That will be hard to take.
So the training continues, I could start now and have no problem, but 3 more months means I'll be fitter and leaner.

Gear is all set to go, I have only made one addition and that was to carry the 2 bottles on my harness strap better. Using shock cord around the neck of the bottle was okay but it was awkward getting them off and on at times. I added 2 of these bottle holders (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01FHHKRJY/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 ) and still have a piece of shock cord at the bottom to stop the bottle from swinging around. Much easier now to get the bottle off and on the harness.

I'll do a video at some stage of my gear and post it up on youtube, I need the practice with editing etc.

18 days until I head off on a 2 week family cruise around the Pacific islands which will take care of Xmas and New Year's Eve. All the best to everyone over the holidays, stay safe and I look forward to seeing some of you next year on the walk.

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Moose On The AT 2017

When life gets to much put on a pack and walk into the bush. Life becomes so much simpler.
Moose

 

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